“Now the serpent was more ratty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” -Genesis 3:1
Since making the decision to follow God’s path for my life instead of MY path for my life, I have been under attack. It was to be expected, people would disapprove; I knew I needed to armor up. And I did. I was prepared. I was unwavering in my decision.
Or so I thought.
Let me tell you, people can get downright nasty when they disagree with you. And they can, and will, attack. And when they do, like when it happened to me last week, the ratty serpent will be right there waiting to infiltrate. And he got to me.
I started to think:
“Am I all these terrible things I’ve just been called?”
“Did I make the wrong decision?”
“Do I possibly deserve this treatment?”
“Did God really say to follow His plan over my own?”
“Did God REALLY SAY?”
And for a brief moment, I felt unsure and ashamed.
But God is always good and He used Christine Caine to speak to this situation in my life. She was a guest preacher at my church on Sunday, and used Genesis 3 to deliver a powerful message about fear, shame, and the question the enemy loves to use when we are wavering:
“Did God really say?”
And just like that, the hateful message I received a week ago was stripped of all it’s power over me.
Because God really DID say, and the only one I need approval from is Him.